this is how a maximized window looks when unity runs for the first time:

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and this is how a maximized window looks when i click on the "maximize" button - after i restore it:

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Is there a shortcut to make a window get maximized without hiding the siderbar (like in the first screeshot) without making the siderbar always visible?

  • lol? that's a bit of a confusing idea :P - it's either one or the other... – RolandiXor Mar 20 '11 at 20:44
  • is there, then, a shortcut to hide the sidebar on demand and make it act like a panel (==nothing goes below it) when it is not hidden? – Chriskin Mar 20 '11 at 21:03

I'm sorry, but there is none. The behaviour that you see in the first screenshot is the result of bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/731786. If you want to have the launcher visible, you'll have to set the launcher to be always visible.

  • a bug eh? i seem to have a tendency to love bugs lately thanks :D – Chriskin Mar 23 '11 at 23:42

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